Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Shelly Manne and his Band vol 4 (side 1 of mono vinyl album)



For me the interesting thing about collecting jazz records is that I get to discover jazz artists from another jazz artist. Such is the case here. I've never heard of Shelly Manne before until I started collecting used vinyl records. I had no idea what he played and how he sounded. Then I saw his name on the album cover of one of the jazz records I already listened to - must have been one from Howard McGhee, whom I heard from Dizzie Gillispie, whom I heard from Miles Davis, and who has never heard of Miles.

I find that vinyl record was made for jazz. There is something organic about it. When I play the same song back to back from a CD to a vinyl the difference is huge. Most of the CDs of old school jazz recordings are remastered from analog recording tapes and made to sound clean. Not a bad approach but the result can sterilize the sound too much that the dynamics are lost. The energy is lost. Of course one complaints about vinyl records is that you have to put up with the pops and crackles, and at times some annoying hisses. That has never been an issue for me. I actually don't mind them because for me they are parts of the experience. Whenever I listen to jazz on vinyl I feel like I'm living in the past when these songs were written and performed. I like to share this particular video from the Shelly Manne Vol 4 album because I think it's worth listening to the recording. I hope you would enjoy as much as I did.

Sheldon Manne (June 11, 1920 – September 26, 1984), professionally known as Shelly Manne, was an American jazz drummer. Most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs. - (excerpt from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelly_Manne)

Alto Saxophone – Charlie Mariano Bass – Leroy Vinnegar Design [Cover] – Guidi Drums – Shelly Manne Engineer – Val Valentin Photography By [Cover Photo] – Fred Lyon Photography By [Rear Cover] – Lester Koenig Piano – Russ Freeman Supervised By [Technical] – Roy DuNann Trumpet – Stu Williamson Recorded on Jan.19th, Jan.26th and Feb.2nd, 1956 in Los Angeles. I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Video Artwork was appropriated from the original album. ) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use.





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